The Lion's Daughter

The Lion's Daughter

by Loretta Chase

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"Live the romance. Read Loretta Chase" -- Christina Dodd

New York Times bestselling, award-winning author Loretta Chase’s first full length Regency Historical Romance!

Gorgeous, stubborn Esme Brentmor, daughter of a disgraced lord, is used to a wild, dangerous life among the tribes of Albania, to whom her father is the legendary, controversial Red Lion whose death she's courageously vowed to avenge –even if it leads to her own. Instead, her quest finds her rescued by the most unlikely (and very reluctant) hero!

Lazy and spoiled, Lord Varian St. George has gambled away his heritage and lives on his considerable looks, charm and wits. All he wants is the good life, and instead, he finds himself in rough country, with a tempestuous whirlwind of a female who's as savage as he's civilized. How did this termagant become his responsibility? And how can he escape?! Yet as he and Esme plunge headlong into even more peril, he may surprise even his own jaded self and become the man that Esme (foolishly) believes he is!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015832266
Publisher: NYLA
Publication date: 11/09/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 112,505
File size: 548 KB

About the Author

After a heroic attempt to be an English major forever, Loretta Chase stoically accepted her degree but kept on reading and writing. As well as working in academe, she had an enlightening if brief life in retail and a Dickensian six-month experience as a meter maid. In the course of moonlighting as a corporate video scriptwriter, she succumbed to the charm of a producer, who lured her into writing novels -- and marrying him. The union has resulted in what seems like an awful lot of books and quite a few awards, including the Romance Writers of America’s Rita. Heralded as “…the long awaited successor to Georgette Heyer” by Library Journal, Loretta Chase’s historical romance novels have been published all over the world. To learn more, please visit

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The Lion's Daughter 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Sparky_Patches More than 1 year ago
Overall Rating: 3.60 // Action: 3.5 / Emotion: 3.0 / Romance: 3.5 / Sensuous: 1.0 / Suspense: 2.5 // Historical Flavor: 5.0 // Laughter: 0 / Teary: 1 The Lion's Daughter: 3.60: Loretta Chase displayed her skill at writing a well-told story.  However, the author's style of writing and the reader's failure to identify with both the hero and heroine made this book unexceptional. Hero: 3.0: Varian Edward Harcourt St. George, Baron Edenmont of Buckinghamshire, England.  Varian was the typically handsome and charming hero, but the rest of his personality labeled him a very unique hero.  He was a self-centered wastrel who sponged off others as he made his way through life.  However, he qualified as heroic material because he was willing to change -- even if he wasn't quite sure how to do so. Heroine: 2.0: Esme Brentmor.  Esme was difficult to warm up to.  Even though it was nice to see a heroine who didn't fit the standard regency mold, (quite often dirty, unkempt, and wearing boy's clothes) this half-Albanian "little warrior" was too busy making rash judgments and acting like a "know it all" to inspire much empathy.  However, her loyalty to Varian and Percival when they reached England was endearing. Story Line: 2.5: The story line definitely had possibilities.  But the details of the Albanian culture and its people as Varian and Esme traveled through the countryside made for slow reading.  It was difficult to buy that an accomplished rake like Varian would be so lustfully attracted to a woman he thought was underage. Action: 3.5: The action that took place was not extensive.  For instance, the fight that took place on the beach of Durrës, Albania was not detailed -- it faded to black about as quickly as Varian did when he was conked over the head.  Most of the action consisted of a backdrop for the conversations between Varian and Esme as they headed to Tepelena. Emotion: 3.0: Sadly, did not feel a deep emotional connection to either Varian or Esme -- not the kind of connection that makes for an outstanding read.  Yes, there was some humor during the ongoing conversations, but Chase did not inspire laughter nor tears. Romance: 3.5: The romance played a major role in the story.  Varian did not understand his undeniable attraction and feelings of protection towards Esme, but they managed to consume his thoughts.  Esme thought (since she was devoid of femininity) she should have been immune to Varian's beauty and charm, but, alas, she wasn't. Sensuous: 1.0: No spice nor sizzle when it came to the lovemaking scenes. Suspense: 2.5: There was a slight underlying degree of suspense in the story.  How was Chase going to successfully weave into a cohesive fabric all the threads she had running through the story: {1} Jason's faked death, thus, Esme's vengeance; {2} Percival's wrongful abduction and the chessboard black queen; {3} Ismal's arms smuggling deal with Gerald Brentmor; and {4} the unlikely romance building between two polar opposites. Historical Flavor: 5.0: Chase was simply outstanding when it came to revealing her research about the landscape, customs and people of Albania.  She successfully catapulted readers back to Albania and England in 1818. Secondary Characters: 4.0: To be quite honest, the secondary characters inspired greater interest than the protagonists.  Loved the development of {1} Percival and {2} Lady Brentmor.  Would loved to have read more about: {1} Jason (the "Red Lion") and his relationship with {a} Diana, {b} Ali Pasha, and {c} Bajo; and {2} Varian and his relationship to his brothers, {a} Damon and {b} Gideon "Gilly." See Wolf Bear Does Books for a more in-depth, detailed review of *The Lion's Daughter*.
AvidReader_too More than 1 year ago
What?!? Anonymous (11/29) must be referring to a different book altogether. There is no actual lion and there is no rape nor rocks in this book. It is a love story between a young woman who is the daughter of an English lord/Albanian revolutionary and an English wastrel who is a better man than he believes. This story is quest and an adventure and is one of my favorites.
Darla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved The Lion's Daughter. It takes place largely in Albania, and there's spying and political intrigue and family intrigue and a hero and heroine who don't believe they're worthy of each other. Characters grow and change; their motives are understandable and supported by their personalities. There's no superman hero here who rescues the dainty heroine, and yet he has strengths of his own, though he has to work to find them.It's also worth noting that the sex scenes are very sensual. I'm known for skimming sex scenes, but these were both necessary to the story, showing changes in the relationship, and well-written: they felt sensual, as I said, rather than crude or forced.The Lion's Daughter is a reissue from 1992, but it's just as well I read it now. I'm not sure I'd have appreciated it as much 14 years ago.
cissa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The synopsis makes it sound like a pure romance novel, and it's not. It's got international intrigue and gun-running and the like; in some ways the romance part stalls while the rest of the plot moves along. On the whole, it's pretty fun... though both the protagonists need a clue-bat upside the head, and if people just TALKED TO EACH OTHER some of the plot points would be easily resolved.
theshadowknows on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Lion's Daughter offers an annoying tomboyish heroine who misunderstands everything, messes up everyone's plans, and causes more trouble than she's worth, a dandy/rake of a hero who has a nice sense of humor but very little character, and more plot twists than the author can handle. It's convoluted, sprawling, and not that interesting. I read this after the second book in the series, Captives in the Night, and the only reason I don't regret reading The Lion's Daughter is because it provides a background for Ismal, the hero of Captives and the villain in this book. In the latter, his back story was kind of taken for granted and only obliquely alluded to, and I felt there were some gaps in his character as a result. They were happily filled in here, but that's the only saving grace of The Lion's Daughter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all the books in this series and I think after the Lord of Scoundrels this hero was my favorite. She started her story with a selfish man who slept with many women for money and slowly turned him into a responsible man who wanted to take care of others. He was so perfectly flawed that at times I believed there was no hope for him. The heroine was a hot headed strong willed woman that for half the book treated the hero as he deserved for the spoiled selfish person that he was. I really like this book. If you want to read rhe whole series start with this one and then with the lord of scondrel and keep going. The 4th book in the series is the story of the vilan in this book Isamil. He also playes a role in the second book too. I wish I knew that since I read that book couple of years ago. Enjoy you will love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It dragged for me! Too many storylines
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just discovered Loretta Chase and what a delightful surprise. What I loved about the main characters was that they were both charmingly flawed. Also, sometimes romance plots can be all too predictable, which was not the case here. Towards the end, I even felt sympathy for the villain...which is a testament to Ms. Chase's talent for creating multi-layered characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is great loretta chase..complex characters and cultures. Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great fun to read. Always something happening and characters are brought to life so very amazingly.
Bananaface More than 1 year ago
Okay, there are a few rocks, but still no rape. The rocks are mostly for the bashing of the bad guy. The main flaw of this book for me was that I'd already read Captives of the Night, and unfortunately found Ismal a lot more fun and interesting than Varian. That said, sweet, funny, and full of swashbuckling adventure and authentic details from 19th century Albania. Highly recommended.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is disgusting! All it is about how a lion rapes a lady and its daughters hardship with people trying to lock her up and throw rocks at her. This book is on my do not read list!